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Below normal snow-pack in mountains could not bode well for areas of province this summer

The snow survey for March has been released by the River Forecasting Centre and it may not bode well for some areas of the province this coming summer.

The centre says February brought stable, cold weather conditions with only light to moderate precipitation in most of the province, including snowfall at lower elevations, in the south, heavy rains and seasonally warm temperatures led to snow melt at lower elevations.

Temperature wise, the north, especially the coastal areas, saw slightly above normal temperatures in February.

Snow accumulation in the north declined and that has led to below normal amount of snow pack in the mountains. The Skeena-Nass is 74% of normal, Nechako 95% of normal, Stikine 52% of normal and the Central Coast sits at 84% of normal. By early March, 80% of the annual snow-pack has fallen.

The good news is flood condition are less likely to appear, but a large amount of precipitation can turn that on its head. Low levels of precipitation can result in low stream flows and it can also be a major contributor to wild fires.

With six to eight weeks left for snow to accumulate at higher elevations, changes to run off are possible, but it would require extremely wet or cool conditions to make a significant impact on the flood risk.

The forecasting centre says temperatures will likely be below normal for the north and along the Central Coast this summer.

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